Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.
I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!
Tuesday 30 April 2019
We woke this morning to the roar of a train passing by and fog. We both slept incredibly well, which was no surprise having done the locks yesterday, which were challenging at times due to the weight of the gates. I definitely need to eat more Spinach or Weetabix. The gates are very much like the Grand Union Gates near us, but heavier.
We left our overnight mooring at 9.20am, I think much to annoyance of the fisherman, who had been fishing at the lock mouth with his camera going. After went went past him, he decided to pack up and move.
Irene and Ian on FreeSpirit. They heard us coming, before they saw us. They very kindly helped us up through the top lock and we are now moored alongside them for a day or two.
Reverie canal trading co, working on their butty Lyra. It was lovely to catch up with them both and we will see them again whilst we are here. Tonight we are eating out, which I know for a fact I deserve having worked the locks today. I will have muscles on muscles soon.
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Monday 29 April 2019
Having enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Beeston, it was time to say "Cheerio" and head back up the River Trent. But before we could do that, we needed to take on water and empty the cassette. Filling up with water was no problem.
Having at least filled up with water, we were on our way.
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Sunday 28 April 2019
Were you hit hard by Storm Hannah?
The wind overnight on Friday night was really strong, followed by heavy rain, but we were safely moored up away from trees.
Saturday morning dawned and the rain was still falling and the wind was still blowing a hooley. Having lit the saloon on Friday evening, we woke to a toastie boat, even though the back cabin stove was out. Because we sleep in our back cabin, we do not like the stove going all night, unless it is absolutely freezing our noses off. Up and about just after 8am, I laid on breakfast and then got on with sorting the saloon stove out. Due to the weather it was a day for staying in and baking. I got on and made some muffins, followed by cooking a chicken casserole with dumplings. On days like this, we all need comfort food and dumplings is one of my all time favourite comfort foods, chocolate being the other one, but with no chocolate on board, the dumplings would have to suffice.
The rest of my day was taken up by making coffee, washing up, crocheting and finishing Sleeper's Castle by Barbara Erskine. Such a great read. I will be looking out for more books by her. The Lady of Hay has been recommended by a friend, so I will see if I can get that one. I am now about to start reading Once in a lifetime by Cathy Kelly, so I will let you know how that goes.
There has been very little boat movement today. I have only seen two boats go past us, one on tickover the other one on a mission it seemed.
Sunday dawned and what a difference a day makes. The sun was shining hooray. After getting up at 8am, having breakfast and sorting out the boat chores, we headed out to go and see the Beeston Heritage Centre, which was open for free as part of the BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Day Out.
After a nice hour or so, we went home to the boat, where I cooked us a curry for lunch.
The reserve is an amazing place and well worth the visit. We did go there 6 years ago, but did not do the whole thing, so this time we made sure we walked the whole place.
Back home, it is feet up time and relax.
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Friday 26 April 2019
After the thunderstorms of yesterday, it was lovely to wake up this morning to sunshine pouring through our pigeon box. It was a tad chilly in the boat, so the back cabin stove was relit. I could not light the saloon stove, because the fire cement around the collar was cracked. So we would need to call into the chandlery in Nottingham to get some more cement, because the weather forecast for the next couple of days is not particularly favourable. Apparently we have storm Hannah coming our way.
We set off in the sunshine just after 9 am and it was actually warmer outside, than it was in the boat.
Update: The saloon stove is lit and now we are boiling, but hey ho better hot than cold. We may need to open the doors :-)
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Thursday 25 April 2019
We had thought we would be staying in for a couple of days. But we realised that there was a Brazilian Circus setting up on the park by the boat. So we changed our plan. We got up and headed off to Aldi for a quick food shop, before heading off back from whence we came.
Tuesday 23 April 2019
Ok who was it?
Own up, who took the sunshine and heat away?
Blimey there was a drop in temperature today and it was a misty start as well.
Having said "Cheerio" to Jenny and David, we set off down the River Trent.
Before mooring up, we winded the boat and then moored up opposite Newark Castle.
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